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Recipes: Tasty Rat Truffles

Tasty Rat Truffles
Yields 30
Who knew these creepy creatures could be so delicious?
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Prep Time
1 hr 30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
2 hr
Prep Time
1 hr 30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
2 hr
Ingredients
  1. 3 oz. cream cheese, softened
  2. 2 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
  3. 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  4. 3 1/2 oz. semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled
  5. 4 oz. white chocolate, chopped
  6. 7 oz. extra‐bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  7. 2 (9 inches each) round baked chocolate cake layers, warmed
  8. 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  9. White decorator icing
  10. 12 black licorice whips, (found at Rocket Fizz Candy in Village Square or International Marketplace on Decatur) cut into 3‐inch lengths
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese with the butter, confectioners' sugar and the melted chocolate.
  2. Crumble 1 1/2 of the warm cake layers into the bowl and beat at low speed until incorporated.
  3. Roll level tablespoons of the mixture into 3 dozen ovals, tapering one end to shape the nose.
  4. Place on parchment lined cookie sheet.
  5. Press a toothpick into the tail end of each.
  6. Refrigerate minimum 1 hour.
  7. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 275 degrees F.
  8. Crumble the remaining 1/2 cake layer and spread on a rimmed baking sheet.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring frequently, until almost dry.
  10. Very finely crush the crumbs.
  11. Melt the white and extra‐bittersweet chocolate together and cool to 90 degrees.
  12. Using the toothpick as a handle, dip the mice into the chocolate to coat.
  13. Roll the mice in the cake crumbs and press 2 almonds into the heads of each to make ears.
  14. Refrigerate.
  15. Once firm, create eyes with icing, remove toothpicks and insert a licorice whip for the tails.
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